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David

San Diego, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 13 reviews
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  • 280 titles in library
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  • Ex-Heroes

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3420)
    Performance
    (3073)
    Story
    (3088)

    Stealth. Gorgon. Regenerator. Cerberus. Zzzap. The Mighty Dragon. They were heroes. Vigilantes. Crusaders for justice, using their superhuman abilites to make Los Angeles a better place. Then the plague of living death spread around the globe. Despite the best efforts of the superheroes, the police, and the military, the hungry corpses rose up and overwhelmed the country. The population was decimated, heroes fell, and the city of angels was left a desolate zombie wasteland like so many others.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Superheroes vs. Zombies? Sure, why not..."
    "Most Entertaining Book In a Long Time..."
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    This book isn't a milestone of literature, or something that makes you really think hard, in fact I could see bibliophile friends turning their noses up at it. That said it was one of the most entertaining books I have gone through in a long time.

    I mean Super Heroes, Zombies, its chocolate and peanut butter gold in terms of fanboy entertainment and this one is done right. Not to mention the edge of your seat action as the story develops you also have all the super hero back-stories that are just as interesting themselves.

    Throw in the Los Angeles setting with Celebrity Zombie sightings (and kills) and a good dose of pop culture to boot (to quote hero St. George in the book "Strange things are afoot at the Circle-K" quoting Ted "Theodore" Logan Form 'Bill and Ted's Excellent adventure').

    Excellent book, very entertaining, found myself rooting for the Heroes at the end.

    BTW, so when is the movie coming out, it has blockbuster written all over it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25197)
    Performance
    (23125)
    Story
    (23131)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Macgyver on Mars"
    "Brilliant...."
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    Must read for anyone interested in science or science fiction. Exceptional story and grateful narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Foundation

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2987)
    Performance
    (2266)
    Story
    (2292)

    For 12,000 years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Sheldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future, to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last 30,000 years. To preserve knowledge and save mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire, both scientists and scholars, and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the Galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for a fututre generations.

    Alexander T. McMahon says: "The Foundation Trilogy is a True Classic"
    "Just not that good...for me"
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    After all the fanfare and hype I could hardly stay awake, good luck for readers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Sean Williams
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (568)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (264)

    The overthrow of the Republic is complete. The Separatist forces have been smashed, the Jedi Council nearly decimated, and the rest of the Order all but destroyed. Now absolute power rests in the iron fist of Darth Sidious - the cunning Sith Lord better known as the former Senator, now Emperor, Palpatine. But more remains to be done.

    Alex says: "Audiobook Unleashed"
    "Never played game...didn't catch interest."
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    I never played the game stop maybe that is where I missed out. Johnathan Davies great performance as always. It just seemed like too much effort on trying to re-describe action sequences you would have seen in the game. I like the star wars "Legends" (formerly Expanded Universe, EU) genera a lot, this one was okay but didn't live up to hype I thought (expecting closer calibre to Darth Bane, Plageius or Tarkin). not bad all expecting more

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21302)
    Performance
    (17749)
    Story
    (18357)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Shopper24 says: "Laughed so hard, I nearly coughed up a lung!!"
    "Awful"
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    Could not have been more juvenile and annoying, Couldn't get barely into the first few chapters. Returning if I can

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition): An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
    Overall
    (3856)
    Performance
    (3622)
    Story
    (3630)

    World War Z: The Complete Edition is a new recording of Max Brooks’ best-selling novel, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, featuring 21 additional Hollywood A-list actors and sci-fi fan favorites performing stories not included in the original edition. New narrators include Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, Spiderman star Alfred Molina, The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont, rapper Common, Firefly star Nathan Fillion, Shaun of the Dead’s Simon Pegg, and members of the casts of Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Heroes and more!

    Kim Venatries says: "A Good Story with an All Star Cast but ABRIDGED"
    "Brilliant!"
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    Brilliant! Nothing more to say, one of the best I've listened to from concept to story to performance. Tour De Force.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Fallout: Zombie Fallout, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3549)
    Performance
    (3304)
    Story
    (3316)

    This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.

    Anthony says: "best series ever...really!"
    "I wanted to like it..."
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    I really wanted to like this book, I did, I promise. But that's the problem, this book seems to promise a lot but in the end couldn't help but letting us down.

    First, I wasn't real happy with the narration but I tried to overlook, just somewhat irksome in the back of my head, voice acting was not superb.

    In the beginning of the book I was actually thinking at least a 3 star (maybe 4 star depending on the ending) up until the book went ahead and 'jumped the shark' in Chapter 18.

    ********BEGIN SPOILER ALERT********
    I mean really, Zombie girlfriend, I thought this was a dream sequence at first. I am sure it has something to to with the later books but the Tommie/Seacrest thing I could accept, this pushed it to far.
    ********END SPOILER ALERT********

    ...but keep those skis on, not done jumping yet.

    The next few chapters (19-20) seemed contrived as if the editor asked the author to go back and add some more content or these we're short stories brought into the book and crammed to fit. Ending was okay but the damage was done.

    I really did like the first few chapters though, funny realistic (for a zombie book) and entertaining. Just didn't hold together.

    Seacrest Out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mona Lisa Overdrive

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By William Gibson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (466)
    Performance
    (342)
    Story
    (350)

    The award-winning William Gibson goes beyond science fiction to the broader mainstream fiction audience. His unique world features multinational corporations and high-tech outlaws vying for power, traveling the computer-generated universe.

    john says: "Narrator is Fantastic"
    "Great Conclusion to the Neuromancer Sprawl Trilog"
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    What did you love best about Mona Lisa Overdrive?

    Well done conclusion to Gibson's Sprawl Trilogy.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Street Samurai Molly is back in a big way.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Caliban's War: The Expanse, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By James S. A. Corey
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1744)
    Performance
    (1584)
    Story
    (1588)

    James S.A. Corey’s best-selling hit Leviathan Wakes earned Hugo and Locus Award nominations. In Caliban’s War, the second chapter of Corey’s Expanse series, a desperate Earth politician works tirelessly to prevent war from reigniting. Meanwhile, upheaval takes root on Venus and Ganymede. And amidst this tumult, James Holden and his crew on the Rocinante are charged with the impossible task of saving humanity from a terrifying fate.

    Ethan M. says: "No sophmore slump as both plot and writing improve"
    "WOW"
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    Where does Caliban's War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best modern Science Fiction books I have listened to.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the next book in the series. I picked up the first book on sale ($4.95) and didn't know what to expect (Leviathan Wakes). It was good so I decided to try the Second. a giant leap forward from the first. Highly recommend both.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Colonel Roosevelt

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Edmund Morris
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (159)

    Of all our great presidents, Theodore Roosevelt is the only one whose greatness increased out of office. When he toured Europe in 1910 as plain “Colonel Roosevelt,” he was hailed as the most famous man in the world. Crowned heads vied to put him up in their palaces. “If I see another king,” he joked, “I think I shall bite him.”

    Chrissie says: "The guy is amazing!"
    "The World's Most Interesting Man..."
    Overall

    This was an exceptional (and long awaited...though worth the wait) conclusion to Edmund Morris' Trilogy on Theodore Roosevelt.

    Book is fantastic, I recommend the first two before reading (The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt and Theodore Rex).

    Also, the narration is excellent.

    The Trilogy is a must listen to for anyone even remotely interested in history, take the time to listen to the life of someone who could truly be referred to as:

    "The World's Most Interesting Man..."

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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